South Korea survive China fightback

South Korea survived a late scare as they just about held on to claim a 3-2 victory over China in an Asian World Cup qualifier at Seoul World Cup Stadium.

The hosts started the game brightly and put China under plenty of pressure as they went in search of an early breakthrough.

A sustained period of pressure finally took its toll on the visitors’ defence, as China skipper Zheng Zhi put the ball in his own net in the 20th minute.

The scoreline remained unchanged for the remainder of the first half as well as the opening stages of the second stanza. However, the match sprang to life just after the hour mark, with Crystal Palace midfielder Lee Chung-yong bagging the all-important goal.

China were still reeling from the second goal when South Korea struck again just four minutes later, FC Augsburg midfielder Koo Ja-Cheol adding his name to the scoresheet.

Having forged a comfortable three-goal cushion, the hosts took their foot off the gas, allowing China to mount an impressive comeback.

Yu Hai kicked off the fightback, firing home in the 73rd minute, before Hao Junmin got in on the act to set up a tense finish to the encounter.

However, South Korea managed to recover their composure and claim all three points in the third round of World Cup qualifiers.

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